Released on March 20, 2017
A public inquest into the death of Desmond Roberts will be held April 3-7, 2017, at the La Ronge Court House.
Just after midnight on May 31, 2015, Roberts was found unresponsive in his cell at the La Ronge RCMP detachment. The 43 year-old was taken to hospital in La Ronge and then transferred to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon where he died.
Section 20 of The Coroners Act, 1999 states that the Chief Coroner shall hold an inquest into the death of a person who dies while an inmate at a jail or a correctional facility, unless the coroner is satisfied that the person's death was due entirely to natural causes and was not preventable.
The Office of the Chief Coroner is responsible for the investigation of all sudden, unexpected deaths. The purpose of an inquest is to establish who died, when and where that person died and the medical cause and manner of death. The coroner’s jury can also make recommendations to prevent further deaths.
Coroner Alma Wiebe, Q.C., of Saskatoon will preside at the inquest.
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